Office of Child & Family Services (CFS) provides the necessary support to children, families, and communities statewide for Alabamians to attain optimal health, wellness, and independence. CFS provides resources across the lifespan to meet the needs of children, families, and communities.
Services and supports include infant and early childhood, early intervention, substance use prevention, autism, developmental disabilities, mental health promotion, mental illness treatment, substance use treatment, and suicide prevention. CFS is committed to providing and supporting strategies that promote healthier decisions and lives for children and families, so they may thrive in their communities.
Autism Services are available for Medicaid-eligible children and youth with autism, aged birth through 20, who require more intensive supports.
Child / Adolescent Mental Illness Treatment
Mental Health Services services are offered for those 18 years old and younger who meet the criteria for Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED). Alabama’s treatment providers offer a continuum of care ranging from crisis, outpatient, outreach, day, and residential. One or more of these services is offered in all 67 counties
Infant / Early Childhood Special Programs
Intensive Home Based Services (IHBS)
Intensive Home Based Services (IHBS) are community-based services to help children, youth, and young adults with mental health needs and their families. These services can help them succeed at home, at school, and in the community.
Prevention Program manages all aspects of substance use disorder prevention including services for people of all ages, the Strategic Prevention Framework, the Alabama Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup, Synar (Tobacco Sales to Minors Program), state incentive grant, regional information clearinghouses, and coalition development/support.
School Based Mental Health Collaboration
The School Mental Health Collaboration Program is a joint collaboration between the ADMH and the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE). ADMH works to link its community mental health providers with ALSDE’s local education agencies to form a partnership at the community level.
Substance Use Treatment Services
Adolescent Substance Use Treatment - Services are available to adolescents between 13-18 years of age in multiple regions throughout the state. To establish treatment options, adolescents are screened with age-appropriate tools to determine the most appropriate level of care to address their substance use needs. Adolescent treatment services may include a combination of any of the following services: (1)evidence based individual and group therapy; (2)drug testing; (3)life skills; (3)mental health consultation; (4)HIV/STD Early Intervention Services; (5)case management services; (6)peer support and recovery services; (7)family education and support services; and, (8)referrals to community resources. Substance use treatment services are offered by 11 certified adolescent treatment providers that span across Autauga, Baldwin, Blount, Chambers, Chilton, Cullman, Dallas, DeKalb, Elmore, Etowah, Fayette, Jefferson, Lamar, Lee, Macon, Madison, Marion, Mobile, Morgan, Montgomery, Pickens, Randolph, Russell, Shelby, St. Clair, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker and Winston counties. Continuing education training is also available on adolescent and family treatment services. Our purpose is to provide adolescents and their families with opportunities for early intervention services, facilitate access to residential and/or outpatient treatment options, and provide a supportive network of recovery resources throughout the state.
Beverly Johnson, Director